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KB director urges new hedge funds to offer unique alpha proposition

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Phillip Chapple
By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Life is busy for Phillip Chapple, Executive Director with KB Associates UK who has already seen 59 potential hedge fund launches so far this year, even though he deems only eight are viable as new businesses.

KB Associates is a boutique operational consulting firm with offices in the Cayman, Dublin, London, Luxembourg and New York advising managers on operational and compliance issues relevant to the establishment and ongoing management of offshore investment funds.

Chapple arrived in 2010 to build KB’s London business. The firm has its roots in the Dublin fund sector, acting as a one stop shop for funds wishing to launch in Ireland. However, the business model changed about five years ago when hedge fund managers based in London started to ask for support. "We decided to become more jurisdictional neutral" Chapple says. "I started up a different service helping start up hedge fund managers to build their whole infrastructure with investor requirements in mind, driven by the fact that a lot of prime brokerage teams had been slimmed back but investor expectations had gone up."

The new business, preparation for due diligence, covers whatever it takes to make potential investors in new hedge funds comfortable. "It’s a new area mainly driven by the fact that the industry has changed aggressively post Madoff and Lehman." Historically......................

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